Twelve humans living on thirty acres.  Factor e Farm is the first Global Village of Open Source Ecology.  In addition to being an incubator for open source technology, it is a self-sustaining unit that houses, clothes, feeds, and fuels human life.  This is its proposed ecology.


        In alignment with Open Source Ecology’s core values and design specifications, this model will integrate replicability, modularity, flexibility, and sustainability in its design.  By applying these ideas to agriculture, some ideas that emerge are those of permaculture, swadeshi, regenerative land stewardship, organic agroecology, and ethnobotany.  In the spirit of open source culture, this model is free to be shared, replicated, improved, and revised.


        Objective: Feeding twelve people principally from what is grown on thirty acres.  What do people need to eat in order to thrive?

The diet in this plan is “lacto-ovo-vegetarian”, but is mostly based on plant foods and is flexible to be adjusted to accommodate whatever resources are available, or based on personal preference.

Establishing Dietary Needs:



One person, per day, average requirement:

130 grams carbohydrate

28 grams fiber

30 grams total fat (ideally mono/polyunsaturated)

51 grams protein

Twelve people, per day, average requirement:

1560 grams carbohydrate

336 grams fiber

156 grams polyunsaturated (linoleic acid)

15.6 grams polyunsaturated (α-linoleic acid)

612 grams protein

Twelve people, per annum, average requirement

569.4 kilograms carbohydrate

122.64 kilograms fiber

56.94 kilograms polyunsaturated (linoleic acid)

5.694 kilograms polyunsaturated (α-linoleic acid)

223.38 kilograms protein

Verifying the nutrient contents of certain foods:

Other Nutritional Resources:

See spreadsheet entitled Off-Grid Nutrition



                        Planting Software:

Google Crop Planning

                                By area code:

                        Timeline documentation



                        Site clean-up

                        Greenhouse and workshop organization

                        Resource inventory and organization

Growing vegetables

                        Raised bed gardens


                Growing fruit and nuts

                        Organic orchard

                        Edible fencelines


                        Greenhouse nursery and propagation facility

                Soil Development

                        Composting house waste

                        Biochar production

                        Crop rotation and diversity



                        Cover crops



                        Edible and medicinal native plants


Pasture fed cows - rotational grazing using electric fence, eventually permanent edible fence

                        Open source milking machine        


                        Free range for eggs and meat


                        Pond - contracted, later stocked with catfish, perch, bass

                        Greenhouse aquaculture


                        Pasture fed pigs

                Increased Yields

                        Soil Development


                                Biochar production

                                Crop rotation and diversity




                                Water retention/Erosion prevention


                                        Keyline Plowing

                                        Swales and berms


                        Ecosystem Development


                                        Shallow dam - ½ acre pond 2.5 feet deep

                                        Contracted pond - ¾ acre pond 8-10 feet deep

                                Encouraging species diversity


                                Companion planting

                                Pest Predator Habitats

                                Increased human accessibility

                                        Road accessibility

                                        Established gardens close to human dwellings




                        Farm Director





                        Working Roles




        Materials: see 2013 Budget

Procedure: see Timeline



        Objective: Generate heat sufficient for twelve people to cook, heat water, and warm themselves.



                        Responsible tree felling

Coppicing rotation

                        Fuel crops





        Objective: Grow fiber sufficient for twelve people to clothe themselves.


                Flax cultivation for seed and fiber





                                Strick storing


                Animal polyculture



                        Rotational mob grazing

                        Spring/fall shearing